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Ganguly will be in Mohali for 2nd Test!

Sourav would be in Mohali when the second Test between India and England begins on Thursday ? but only as a spectator.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 19:17 IST

Sourav Ganguly would be here when the second Test between India and England begins on Wednesday— but only as a spectator.

The former Indian skipper, ousted from the Test squad and facing a bleak future, has accepted an invitation to watch the match at Mohali, Punjab Cricket Association President IS Bindra said on Monday.

"As a former captain, we have invited him to watch the India-England match and he has already given his confirmation. Sourav said he will be coming to watch the Test after March 11, because that day he has his involvement in Jaipur (Deodhar Trophy match)," he told reporters here.

He said former captains MAK Pataudi and Kapil Dev had also confirmed that they would be coming to watch the Test.

Bindra said BCCI President Sharad Pawar will inaugurate an indoor cricket net facility on March 8 at a function, which will also be attended by Punjab Governor SF Rodrigues.

PCA would give honorory membership to Rodrigues and Pawar and both had agreed to it.

Bindra also said BCCI had selected Mohali has as one of the venues for the Champions Trophy matches slated to be held in October this year.

"We have received a letter from the BCCI in this regard. However, since it is an ICC event, the final decision will be taken by them," he said.

He said the organising committee of the second Test had met under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Secretary KR Lakhanpal and reviewed all arrangements.

First Published: Mar 06, 2006 19:17 IST